Okay, it’s not Spring Break any more, but this project officially started then so let’s roll with it. We finally got all the required parts. We already decided we wanted to go with propane for the forge and Matt found the video for the gas nozzle at the King of Random YouTube page where we got the original info for the forge. I picked up the regulator this week from Aztec Off Grid Solutions in Nanaimo. They were really great about getting us what we needed for this project. Matt didn’t have to work today until late afternoon and I’m now retired ( Woo Hoo!!) so it seemed like a good idea to get it finished off.
First thing Matt did was drill and tap the pipe assembly which holds the nozzle we previously put together (we used a .025 mig nozzle and 1/4 inch brass fitting). The nozzle was centered in the 3/4 to 11/2 iron adapter coupling with the set screws and we were ready for the carry on.
Next step was to assemble the propane hose fittings, connect it up and check for leaks. Success!! Okay, so I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to blow up on us or set us on fire (good thing).
Now for the test. We stuffed it into the forge and fired it up…. And we have lift-off!! You can’t see it in the picture but it got dang hot and sounded like a jet engine roaring away. Pretty cool. We ran it without the lid for the first try (hadn’t bucked a hole in the lid yet) and everything seemed fine.
Now we have to to really try it out (of course). We’ve got a knife to work on and I think I can round up some aluminum cans to melt (Who doesn’t like melting stuff just for the sake of melting stuff!!) and we’ll see how it works. It just started raining so we’ll try it out when the rain stops and maybe get some video to put up as well. A fun project with my son and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with it. Not bad for just a few hours of work and some quality father/son bonding time. All in all I’ve had a busy first weekend of retirement. I’ll be adding a post shortly of what else I got caught up in this weekend.